Product Popcorn - A Product Management & Technology Podcast

Product Popcorn

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Join Kimberly and Adam as we crack jokes and talk topics related to product management... most of the time. This product management podcast is guaranteed to keep you AWAKE during your commute. We talk with product managers and also designers and en...Show More
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Product Management at OrthoFi - S2 Ep6

37:15 | Aug 23rd, 2018

Visit OrthoFi's product team in its downtown Denver office with us! In this episode we talk about their product suite's evolution throughout the last few years. OrthoFi's mission is to make a beautiful smile affordable for everyone.  Originally star...Show More
Product Management at Havenly - S2 Ep5

44:20 | Aug 14th, 2018

Learn about Havenly's superbly data-drive PM team in this interview with their SVP of Product and Senior PM. *Who is Havenly?* Havenly is an online interior design company; Havenly partners its users with an interior designer to create the perfect s...Show More
Product Management at GoSpotCheck - S2 Ep4

37:52 | Aug 7th, 2018

Product manager Taylor Linnell from GoSpotCheck is back to talk about running a high-growth product at GSC. *Who is GoSpotCheck?* GSC’s web and mobile apps help sales reps who work in the field conduct surveys, gather data and provide accurate repo...Show More
Product Management at SendGrid - S2 Ep2

41:03 | Jul 24th, 2018

SendGrid Product Manager James Heimbuck talks SendGrid culture and building a product for internal stakeholders. *Who is SendGrid?* SendGrid is a customer communication platform for transactional and marketing email. They also focus heavily on devel...Show More
Product Management at Choozle - S2 Ep1

37:58 | Jul 17th, 2018

Take a tour of ad tech startup Choozle with their organically-grown product management team. *Who is Choozle?* Choozle is an independent & self-service digital advertising software platform. Choozel's a real-time programmatic platform is built for s...Show More
Ep.29: Breaking into Product: Entrepreneurship + 'Failures' + Solving Customer Problems

37:10 | Mar 8th, 2018

We’ve all heard lots of product stories from entrepreneurs who made it big, but what about product people who *almost* made it big?  Taylor tells us about his breaking-into-product journey. After finishing college, and a short stint selling pre-paid...Show More
Ep.28: Weapons of Math Destruction - A Machine Learning Engineer's Take

27:35 | Feb 20th, 2018

Our guest today is Mia Fuhrman, a machine learning engineer. Mia turned me onto a book called Weapons of Math Destruction, which all product managers should read. The book talks about how we’ve outsourced human decision making to machines, with the j...Show More
Ep.27: Product Marketing + Ad Tech Customer Journeys

41:25 | Feb 13th, 2018

This week on the podcast we have Leah Brite, product marketing director at SpotX, to tell us about Ad Tech basics, and also product marketing. Ad Tech is an important industry to know about right now, and Leah walks us through an Ad Tech customer jo...Show More
Ep.26: Blockchain Basics for Product Managers + Kimberly's Embarrassing Mock Technical Interview

42:54 | Feb 6th, 2018

All product managers should know the basics of blockchain - what it is, what it can do, and popular use cases. In this episode, Adam and I talk blockchain with two other developers. We also speculate if John McCain has any BitCoin, and discuss spina...Show More
FRIDAY BONUS EPISODE: Black Mirror S4 E2 Arkangel - Review w/ Jamie Love

25:42 | Feb 2nd, 2018

Black Mirror is the perfect show for product managers, since it explores how technology can be used in different ways. It's also a great exploration of what products NOT to build (unless you're a PM interested in creating a tech-driven dystopian futu...Show More
Ep.25: Scaling PM from Startup to Enterprise + Developer Experience - UX's Non-Celebrity Sibling

52:18 | Jan 30th, 2018

Our guest today is Scott Williamson, VP of Product at SendGrid. Scott has worked at SendGrid since 2013, when the PM team was small, and has grown the product team to support SendGrid's (much larger) size.  Scott has a great blog series on the 7 key...Show More
Ep.24: Breaking into Gaming Product Management + A Rant About Wine + Our Thoughts on Crocs

50:15 | Jan 23rd, 2018

Today we interview gaming product manager Peter Knudson, who works at Unity, an online gaming platform. Peter gives us some perspective on how he got into product management and specifically gaming, and monetization models in gaming that can be appli...Show More
Ep.23: There's Product Management in my Medicine - Interview with a (Real) Doctor

1:00:05 | Jan 15th, 2018

I’ve been looking for a doctor for some time to come on the podcast and talk about product problems in medicine. Stuff like - Why is innovation adoption so slow in medicine? How is AI going to change the way doctors work? DEAR GOD WHY can’t I schedul...Show More
Ep.22: Jobs to be Done - An Important Product Management Framework

48:31 | Jan 9th, 2018

*Fixing sound issues from previous track* I’m obsessed with Jobs-to-be-Done Theory and every product manager should understand what it is. I recently saw Brian Rhea present on this topic at Rocky Mountain Product Camp, and asked him to give us the ba...Show More
Ep.21: Interview with a Recruiter + Your New Year's Career Goals

45:42 | Jan 1st, 2018

I had some recruiting questions and luckily was able to meet Emma B. who can tell us about her experience in recruiting, sought after skills in the industry, and do’s and don’t’s if you're looking for a new gig. We’re going to talk culture. We’re go...Show More
Ep.20: Architects + Product Peeps, Together Forever

29:18 | Dec 25th, 2017

Jeff Weiland, architect at Spectrum, weighs in on how product managers and architects can work well together. We talk about the difference between application architects and architects, what the ideal architect - product relationship is, and define t...Show More
Ep.19: A Very Strange & Wonderful Year for Women in Tech

48:55 | Dec 19th, 2017

Join me and three other female product managers as we discuss gender in the tech industry. WAIT! MEN! Please keep listening! I promise the isn’t just an hour of man bashing. This year was a little crazy - from Susan Fowler’s weird year at Uber to the...Show More
Ep.18: Beakers & Jackets - Experiments in Scaling Agile

52:32 | Dec 12th, 2017

Following up with last week's discussion on different styles of Agile + swarm, today I have two guests to talk about experiments in scaling Agile. William Kammersell and Lieschen Quilling both work on Agile Central at CA Technologies (formerly Rall...Show More
Ep.17: Different Styles of Agile + JIRA Rants

47:49 | Dec 5th, 2017

This week on the podcast my guest is Tyler McCann. Tyler is a product manager at Shutterstock, and I asked him to come in and talk about Agile, different styles of Agile, and how he tried out swarm pattern at Shutterstock. *Spoiler:* We do complain ...Show More
Ep.16: Machine Learning for Product Managers

47:09 | Nov 29th, 2017

Today our guest is Kate Silverstein, a wicked smart machine learning engineer. (I say wicked because she's from Boston.) Kate talks about the basics of Machine Learning (supervised vs. unsupervised learning, reinforcement learning), and then we revi...Show More
Ep.15: Two Product Managers Discuss - All Experiences are Products

40:35 | Nov 14th, 2017

This week on the podcast seasoned product manager Karleen Mercuri is back - and this time we're talking about how we would apply the principles of product management to improve (and update!) every day experiences. Based on two Product Popcorn blog ...Show More
Ep.14: Mining Customer Insights & Big Data Backlash

45:34 | Nov 7th, 2017

This week on the podcast we explore the product marketing and business intelligence side of product management. Our guest today is Sara Smith, Social Strategy Director. Riding the bridge between quant and qual, Sara uses Big Data to mine customer in...Show More
Ep.13: Two Engineers & A Product Manager Give (Potentially Expert) Advice

53:08 | Oct 30th, 2017

Full Stack Developer Kyle Wilding joins us as we talk Imposter Syndrome, which neck tattoos are OK for interviews (among other interviewing advice), how to deal with changing requirements, and which bundt cake flavors are best for your product team. ...Show More
Ep.12: Work Horror Stories - A Special Halloween Epsiode

36:35 | Oct 24th, 2017

In this special Halloween episode, Jamie Love from Shutterstock joins Adam and Kimberly as we recount 'work horror stories' past and present. Featuring disaster stories from Ireland, New Zealand, Japan, and the US, and an unnecessary number of witch ...Show More
Ep.11: A Product Manager & A Product Designer Talk TV Products & The Future of Television

36:45 | Oct 16th, 2017

Join Product Designer Ryan McCarthy and I as we talk TV apps and other products, and discuss where this disrupted industry is going. Ryan previously worked on Spectrum Guide, and now designs TV experiences at Starz. As all media industries have been...Show More
Ep.10: Interview with a Product Designer, & To Manage or Not to Manage

31:46 | Oct 10th, 2017

Join us as we interview Jeseka Hahn, Principal Product Designer & Manager at Shutterstock. Jeseka talks about her segue from print design to product design, & gives some great tips for how product managers can collaborate well with their design teams...Show More
Is this *Technically* a Product? A (Super Fun) Game for Product Managers

27:32 | Oct 6th, 2017

Play along as Kimberly reads real and hypothetical product and new tech descriptions, while Adam and our guest Eric guess if it’s real or hypothetical. A fun way for product managers and ‘normies’ alike to catch up on about up-and-coming technology a...Show More
Ep.9: Esports (aka Sports for Nerds) + Beef Jerky - Two Things Product Managers Should Know About

36:14 | Oct 2nd, 2017

Esports has product problems just like all other products. Listen to Jamie Love, CMO of Mile High Esports, talk about what Esports is and why it's important. Oh yeah, and we also taste test beef jerky.
Ep.8: BitCoin Basics for People Who Don't Care about BitCoin, & Our Beef with Warren Buffet

41:08 | Sep 25th, 2017

When you hear "BitCoin," do you tune out immediately because you do not care AT ALL about some weird computer currency? Well, product managers (and everyone, really) *should* care. In this episode, we talk with crypto enthusiast Damien Smrt about B...Show More
Ep.X: Apple Product Lauch, Jokes for Adam's Mom, & 'Love & Loathe' Product Review #1

42:29 | Sep 18th, 2017

Kimberly & Adam talk last week's Apple Product launch, and how we're soooo waiting for iPhone X. Then it's onto our first Product Review. Adam reviews the best (and worst) dating app UI's. Kimberly talks about why Starbucks still has a great product...Show More
Ep.7: Interview with a PM - How to Break into Product & Which Snacks are Product Manager Appropriate

31:02 | Sep 12th, 2017

In this episode we interview product manager Karleen, a mid-level PM, about how she broke into product management. It's also very important that product managers know which snacks are good, so we give advice on this subject as well. *Resources:* How...Show More
Ep.6: AI Part 2 - How Product People Should Think About AI

21:03 | Sep 6th, 2017

In this episode, I talk with front-end engineer Alex Abreu. Alex has a Masters Degree in Human Computer Interaction. We discuss what product people - and really all humans - should know about Artificial Intelligence. This is part 2 of a two part epi...Show More
Ep.5: AI Part 1 - Will Smith's iRobot Didn't Teach You Everything You Should Know

35:22 | Aug 30th, 2017

In this episode, I talk with front-end engineer Alex Abreu. Alex has a Masters Degree in Human Computer Interaction. We discuss what product people - and really all humans - should know about Artificial Intelligence. This is part 1 of a two part epi...Show More
Ep.4: Extremely Random Tech News, PokemonGO is Apparently Still a Thing, & The Mystery Scottish Box

24:21 | Aug 22nd, 2017

In this YOLO episode of Product Popcorn, we talk about random bits of tech news, and Kimberly explains to Adam that PokemonGO is still not cool.
Ep.3: How to be Your Devs' Favorite Product Manager - With Jamie Love

33:45 | Aug 17th, 2017

Jamie Love is everyone's favorite developer - so let him give you tips on how to be your devs' favorite product manager!